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Preplanned Hike for Mt. Chocorua: Champney Falls Trail

Quick Facts I

From/To

Kancamagus Highway (NH 112)

Distance

7.6 miles

Time

6 hours

Slope

Moderately Steep

Note

* Champney waterfalls
* hiking on rock ledges and 360 degree views from summit

Hike Rating

5 Stars

Quick Facts II

Elevation

3,500 ft.

Location

south of NH 112
just west of NH 16

Best Map

AMC White Mountain Guide,
26th ed., Map #3

Mountain
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Recommendation

Strongly Recommended

Overview

     Mount Chocorua (pronounced "Cho-koo'-ra") is one of the most heavily hiked mountains in the Whites and for good reason.  This very beautiful and very moderate hike leads to an open, rocky, cone summit with incredible views.  Hikers break out of the trees to play on smooth rock ledges before reaching the summit.  There are fine northerly views of the southern Presidentials including Mt. Washington.  To the west lies the Sandwich Range with the likes of Four Thousand Footer Mt. Passaconaway (4,043 ft.).  If you don't mind the crowds attracted to this popular peak, you'll be rewarded with a pleasant hike and great views.

Preplanned Hike 

     Mt. Chocorua is a popular day-hike because of its moderate terrain and rocky summit with 360 views. The shortest route up Chocorua is the Champney Falls Trail, which leads hikers past picturesque waterfalls. There are also trails leading up from NH 113 and NH 16. But a bonus in hiking the Champney Falls Trail is that it starts at the Kancamagus Highway, which is flanked by large, picturesque mountains and the location of many moose sightings. The Champney Falls Trail is a moderate hike. It begins along a very wide and well-traveled path along Champney Brook (bring bug spray in warmer months!). After about a mile and a half, bear left on a loop trail that heads off to a set of waterfalls, climbs alongside the falls, and rejoins the main path. The path becomes a little steeper, but never becomes so steep as to be uncomfortable. About 15-20 minutes before the summit, at about the point where it converges with the Piper Trail, the path emerges from the trees and continues by means of yellow blazes across a beautiful ridge of rock ledge. The summit is a striking upthrust of smooth rock. This whole section is very exposed, offering little shelter from wind or rain, so be cautious in bad weather. The summit provides a 360 view. To the north lies the heart of the White Mountains with especially good views of the southern Presidential Range and Mount Washington. To the west is the nearby Sandwich Range with the likes of Mt. Passaconaway (4,043 ft.). The land to the south and east is much flatter, and Squam Lake is visible to the southwest.

Directions

To Champney Falls Trail (Brook) parking lot, Kancamagus Highway (NH 112):

Coordinates: N 4359.403 W07117.964

From the east:

Kancamagus Highway (NH 112), 11.5 mi. from Rt. 16 in Conway, NH

From the west:

Kancamagus Highway (NH 112), 21.5 mi. from Loon Mtn. entrance in Lincoln, NH

Submitted by: Leah, MountainSummits.com, age 20, athletic female.


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